The Goring and Streatley Regatta and River Festival – 20 July 2019
The Goring & Streatley Regatta and River Festival is held every two years, alternating with the Goring Festival. Around 2000 people attend each year to watch up to 40 crews battle it out on the river in what is often a display of spectacularly optimistic rowing. It’s not just rowing – there are other races too – canoeing, mini dragon boats and this year some crafty rafts!
All day bar, live music, stalls, food court, with a funfair, bouncy castle and amusements for children – the emphasis is on entertainment both on and off the water for children and adults. It’s a brilliant day out!
Rowing starts at 9am, with all entertainments full blast from 11am. The last race is at 6pm and the fun continues with the prize giving, with the bar open to 8pm (or beyond if the barrels aren’t empty).
Please enter your crew using this simple entry form. Crews should be made up of four rowers: all men, all women or two men and two women (mixed). There are three skill levels – beginner, intermediate and experienced – and you can indicate your preference, though your final category will be determined after training.
All rowers must be able to swim 50 metres in light clothing.
Note that the beginner category really means it – complete beginners are welcome! We will train your crew to race in just four short but intense sessions. Losing crews get to race again in the Consolation Plate – so every crew gets two races at least!
Training happens over the four weeks before Regatta day, and all crews can have up to four practice sessions of 45 minutes each.
Crews are encouraged to wear fancy dress although you must be able to row in it so nothing that will trail when sitting down or stop you bending, and in case of particularly bad rowing, you should be able to swim in it (so the rear end of a horse is not advised). There is a prize for the best fancy dress.
The entry fee is £100 for each crew. The fee includes training. It does not include entry to the regatta which must be paid on the day, £8 for 16 and over.
Entry to the Regatta
Free for children!
Tickets are available on the day. Parking is free.
Entrance to the regatta is £8 for adults and children over 16 years.
Kids and under 16s go free, but must be accompanied by a fee paying adult.
The regatta site is located just outside Streatley on the Berkshire bank of the Thames.
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By car leave Streatley heading north on the A329 Wallingford Road, keep right where a side road forks left to Blewbury, go through a width restriction and 100 meters further on turn right down a farm lane which will be clearly signposted REGATTA.
For satnav users, post code RG8 9PU will take you right to the entrance.
By boat. There are a few mooring spaces below Cleeve Lock or upstream of the regatta, around the bend towards the Beetle and Wedge.
New This Year
BABY DRAGON BOAT RACING
This event is open to crews made up of 5 children and one adult. The children must be between 9 and 15. The races take place over 100 metres and will be run throughout the day, ending with a grand final for the Cup. All racers must be able to swim 25 metres and life jackets will be provided. Drumming is recommended.
Maximum 16 crews. Book in advance to avoid disappointment, or there may be space on the day. Entrance is £20 per boat.
Please enter your baby dragon boat crew using this simple entry form.
CRAFTY RAFT RACE
For small groups of adults or children over the age of 9 – build your raft and race it!
Bring your gazebo and all the equipment you need along to the regatta, build your raft throughout the day, and race it in a 100 metre time-trial – racing up to four rafts at a time.
Marks will be given for design and speed to find the overall winner.
One adult must be in each raft. All entrants must be able to swim 25m. Life jackets will be provided and must be worn.
Entrance is £25 per raft.
Please enter your raft using this simple entry form.
A long tradition of the regatta is for gazebos to line the river. There is plenty of picnic space near the finish line for those without gazebos but if you want to set up a base and bring a picnic and chairs etc then book a gazebo spot and enjoy your day.
Gazebo spots are £60 and there is strong competition so book early.
Gazebo bookings open on 1 May. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Goring Unplugged has long been a mainstay of the Goring and Streatley Regatta. Founded in 2003 by Chris, Mark and Howard, the Goring Unplugged line up is shaping up to keep our eyes on the stage (when we are not cheering on the rowing that is!). The provisional listing for this year is:
|12:00||Spokes (Dave Holt)||Local ambient band|
|12:30||Jon & Chris||Veteran duo originally from Bristol|
|13:00||Zep Unplugged||(Tony Lyons) 1 rocky trio|
|13:40||Fox-Palmer||Female lead indy|
|14:10||Dads R Loud||Crowd pleasing covers|
|14:40||Georgia||Solo female with presence|
|15:10||Jim Reynolds||Legendary singer songwriter|
|16:00||Heather Jayne & the Red Shoes||Goodtime band|
|17:00||Old Baby Mackerel (Sam)||Uptempo bluegrass|
If you have heard them before you know you will be in for a treat at the regatta, and if not, prepare to have your toes tapping at one of the best days out the Goring Gap has to offer.
The Marketplace area will give local organisations and businesses a great opportunity to promote products and their work in the community.
Whether you are a business wishing to showcase your products to a new audience, or a local interest group, charity or club keen to increase awareness, there’s a place for you.
Booking for the Marketplace is open now. Make sure that you’re the first in line and contact Madeleine Hammond at email@example.com or 07531 398404.